This Saturday, volunteers will converge on local creeks and waterways for the yearly Big Sweep effort. In 2013, they removed trash equal in weight to three elephants.
Plastics are all around us – in our cars and our cabinets, our offices and computers. The Environmental Protection Agency reports 13 percent of all municipal solid waste in 2012, by weight, came from plastic. In 1960, they were less than 1 percent of waste.
Programming for spring 2015 will be a multimedia, multidisciplinary series of art and photo exhibits, online publication (at PlanCharlotte.org) and public events such as neighborhood gatherings, lectures and public discussions.
The story of our creeks is the story of Charlotte. Charlotte is where and what it is today because of our streams, which provided drinking water and power for early mills. But for too long, the city’s creeks were treated as nuisances, even used as open sewers.
Sustain Me Baby: art exhibit March 28-June 26 at Projective Eye Gallery, UNC Charlotte Center City. Is This Yours: art installations March 28-June 26, calling attention to plastics waste, to be placed around Charlotte, from local artists Kurt Warnke and Nancy Pierce.
Want to know more about why plastics are a concern? What can you recycle in Charlotte and elsewhere in Mecklenburg County? And why can't we recycle No. 6 plastic? How do Charlotte and the United States compare to other countries?